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Aug 20, 2009 5:00pm EDT
. damon green of itn has our report. >> reporter: this used to be an aircraft, and for those who boarded as passengers, there was no way out. today the man convicted of blowing a passenger jet into fragments and violently ending the lives of all 270 people on board, learned he will be free to live out his remaining days in peace. >> it is my decision that mr. abdel basset al megrahi, convicted in 2001 for the lockerbie bombing, now terminally ill with prostate cancer be released on compassionate grounds and be allowed to return to libya to die. >> reporter: the destruction of pan am flight 103 remains one of the bloodiest terror attacks ever launched at the west and one which was immediately blamed on libya. at the time of the lockerbie bombing, the nation was a pariah state, internationally shunned, accused of sponsoring terrorism. its leader a figure of hate in the west. it was only after 15 years of sanctions that libya finally admitted it carried out the bombing and paid compensation to victims' families. and within a year, tony blair was visiting tripoli to show that relatio
PBS
Aug 20, 2009 12:00am EDT
. itn's carl dinnen takes us there. >> reporter: this is the first big test of iraq's new security regime. two months after u.s. forces pulled out the major urban centers, the insurgents have made a deadly attack on baghdad. one explosion was felt by a conference of tribal chiefs meeting at a supposedly secure hotel. this was the moment. as the dust and debris fell from the ceiling, some hurriedly left the room, others started defiantly chanting religious slogans. the target had been the nearby foreign ministry. the blast was apparently so big it left a crater three meters deep and ten meters across. at least a dozen people were killed there. a truck bomb also destroyed part of a bridge near the finance ministry which was targeted in in waziria in northern baghdad. at least 18 people were killed there. and more than 200 injured. across the city there have been at least six bomb and mortar attacks. hospitals have been inundated and the latest information suggests that at least 75 people have been killed and more than 300 injured. >> after carl dinnen filed that report the death toll
WETA
Aug 11, 2009 5:30pm EDT
for four days," chung sai "for so long we didn'know if anyone was ming for us." >> reporter: with the ly road into hsiao lin and sever other remote villages ill washed out,escue efforts have been painfullslowed. dical teams trying to get in on t ground have been forced to wait. wee been here hours now and so far escavators have madeittle no progress in clearing the road. it ri mains very mh a liquid rove o mudand the cnstant rain is makingatters worse. we'rnot getting through this engineer tells us. it may still take days. anso the government's answer, send soldiers in bair. thfirst group touched down in hsiao lin to scene of utter devastation. currently the tire village is buri says taiwan's deputy minister of defense, and whave t even started to look for t missing from nghboring villages. by late afternoon, hdreds of survivors habeen airlifted out of t region. but thousands re remain unaccoted for. at a neay high school, relaves of those missing waited to hearals. ese sisters last heard from their pants saturday. ey told us hsiao lin village was a dister and that they were going to
PBS
Aug 19, 2009 12:00am EDT
part in the elections, and i want people to help us prevent any incidents happening. >> reporter: never before would you see afghan police patrolling in american humvees. extra afghan security forces have been sent to the area. authorities are confident the taliban won't be able to stop voters from heading to polling stations. >> in case something happens, those will be i.d.s. which are difficult. or some sporadic shooting from outside of the city like from the districts but also we want to minimize those when we send forces to the district as well. >> reporter: the neighboring districts of kandahar city have a strong taliban presence, and thursday's voting day will show just how tight the noose is around this capital. zeina khodr, al jazeera, kandahar. >>> next door in helmand province offensive by american and british troops has been under way for a while. one immediate goal is to push back the taliban so that more people can vote thursday but as lindsay hilsum after decades of warfare many afghan citizens remain skeptical about the motives of the foreign troops and fearful of their o
PBS
Aug 6, 2009 12:00am EDT
the doors, we saw standing before us president bill clinton. >> donald kirk is a correspondent for the christian science monitor. he has spent the past 12 years based in south korea. >> caller: i think it's a big deal in the sense that it says something about u.s./north korean relations. the fact that kim jong-il was glad to receive a high-profile american visitor in the form of bill clinton was certainly interesting. there's hope that perhaps it'll be possible to resume negotiations on one level or another. >> outside of the united states, reaction was mixed. in nairobi at a conference of african leaders, secretary of state hillary clinton told reporters, she was "excited' by the news. nonetheless, she reiterated america's hard line regarding north korea's nuclear program. >> they have a choice. they can continue to follow a path that is filled with provocative actions, or they can decide to renew their discussions. >> in south korea, reaction to the news of the release of lee and ling was noticeably subdued. north korea currently detains several hundred south koreans, some of who
WETA
Aug 27, 2009 5:30pm EDT
architectural plans for the arab vits death mp. they will ben display at the memorial. tanyahu used the ocsion to refer to lessons that should be learned om the holocaust. >> it does not hppen because the main civilized wer of the powers of the da did not a in time to stop therming of barbarism and armed barbarism knows now lits and has to be unarmed, disarmed in tie. >> reporter:etanyahu also said that he expected chancellor merk to take a strong stand against iran's clear ambitions. he id iran posed a drect threat to srael's security merkel said rmany is prared to take a tougher line with iran if that becomes nessary. translator: iran has been asked to participate in negotiations. if they failto respond to these requests, we will consider stronger sanctions in the ener sector and other appropriate sectors such as the financial seor. in fact, we will not merely consider this, we will discuss with the international communit how bestto implement these sanctions. >> rorter: merkel said netanyah should show more flexibility and t issue of settlements palestinian land. germanhas called on i
PBS
Aug 13, 2009 5:00pm EDT
use the words of "the new york times." it has been confirmed in 67 american troops at 6 bases in iraq, to cite just a couple of examples. it's a complicated health issue and tonight's lead focus, we thought it would be helpful to take a look at the flu pandemic from a world perspective as weigh help you understand the risk as the traditional flu season approaches. just last week in switzerland, officials of the world health organization had news about the timetable for the development of a swine flu vaccine. the organization said a vaccine may be ready by the end of september, but that more testing is needed on the proper dosage. >> what they will try to tell us, they will tell us whether we need one or two dose per person for a vaccination. >> until a vaccine can be made widely available, many countries are focusing on prevention. last week in brazil, thousands of fans attending a soccer game wore masks after being ordered to do so by a judge. the game took place in the southern part of brazil, where most of brazil's swine flu cases had been reported. nearly 200 people have died in t
WHUT
Aug 25, 2009 10:30pm EDT
a huge terrorist crime received on his return to libya. >> and that brings to us tonights "lead focus." our british partner itn has been looking at britain's relationship with libya, its business interest there, leading up to last week's decision to release the lockerbie bomber. as you'll see in john sparks' report, one is left with the impression that at the very least, al megrahi's release can't hurt the relationship. >> reporter: the analysts call it real politic, doing practical deals, the art of give and take. the uk and libya have been doing this for about a decade. but how influential are commercial considerations? where does business fit in this complex mix? libya is an exciting new destination for british business. but did that excitement influence the decision to release abdel basset al megrahi, the man convicted of the lockerbie bombing. scottish and british governments say absolutely not. but al megrahi's future and new business opportunities have always been part of bilateral negotiations. 2007, colonel gadhafi's regime sought to re-enter the international community
PBS
Aug 18, 2009 12:00am EDT
. al jazeera, kandahar. >>> joining us to help us with more insight on thursday's presidential election in afghanistan, we are joined again by alex thi er, the director of the future of afghanistan project at the united states institute of peace and that's based in washington, d.c. welcome back. >> pleasure to be here. >> there were fresh reports today about efforts by the taliban to intimidate afghans into not voting. can afghanistan hold a broad based elections that will be viewed as legitimate under these conditions? >> well, it's very difficult. the security situation in afghanistan, particularly in the south, is fraught. there is combat going on right now between afghan and international forces between the taliban. the taliban are making threats directly to people if they vote. and so people simply getting out to the polls is a challenge. some 1,200 polling stations out of 7,000 in afghanistan were declared too dangerous just a few weeks ago and were moved or closed. so security could depress the outcome of this election that in a way that could challenge its legitimacy. >
WETA
Aug 3, 2009 5:30pm EDT
similar legislatiois expected to say through the house >>>oining us to discuss the possibily of new sanctions in iran and developments theres trita parsi, founter an president o the nonprofit national iranian cou nil washingtond.c. thanks for eaking with . >> thank youor havi me. what do you think will happen ifhe united states were to try to impose gasoline sanctionsn iran? >> well, i think first ofall, is going to be veryifficult to impose effective gasoline sanctions on ira because you would haveo get the corporatn of all of the countri and the security council, inuding russia and china. if one tries to impose gasoline sanctions through it would have o be -- to be effective enable brocked a, withoutecurity counci authorization and then would that be nsidered an act of warnd would that be a ver very risky strategy fr the obama ainistration to undeake. >> and thethe's the qstion that if the sanctions were imposed, what wouldthe affect have or be on the opposition moment? >> well, that's the otherspect this. that the government obviously is better equped tody with the cost -- the im
WETA
Aug 25, 2009 5:30pm EDT
consequences for bilaral trade,ormerritish diploms told us. and british companies have already made sgnificant instments in libya. bp signed an exploration deal worth $900 milln two years ago. it's larstxploration commitment in the rld. shell are ploring for gas in libya, as are bg. but libya has many suitors. the competitiois growingast. u.s. oil giant exxonmobil is now investin$97 milon i ploration and libya's national oil cmpany has partnership deals with eveone from ssia's gazprom to th italian git en to japanese from nippon oil. anysts callibya the most exciting investment opportunity in the wor with $50 billion of vernment contractson offer over the next three years. yet is notorisly bureaucratic a controlled by one family, british businesses depend on thek governmento he them compete. >> this is whe they do require politica expertise. people wo o can help them navite some the decisionmaking processe open doors. arrae meetings. arrangevisas. all sorts of levels. so,yeah, learly, bitish governme and gornments from otr markets to -- fr other countries,can help business considera
PBS
Aug 13, 2009 12:00am EDT
people believe the authorities are behind some of these abductions as well. >> this used to be one of the busiest streets in tijuana. and i was with my son. we had to come into my -- to my brother-in-law's office. >> reporter: christina remembers the day 12 years ago when armed men blocked her car. >> one of them came to my window. the other one came to alex's window. and with the back of the rifle turned. hitting my car and shouting that we had to get out of the car. all this time i was shouting, "who are you, what do you want?" letting go. "why are you taking him?" >> reporter: they dragged her son alex into a van and christina never saw him again. mexican drug cartels have kidnapped thousands over the years. but these stories are different. mexicans call them "the disappeared." almost 1,500 people where there was no ransom, no body, no explanation. listen to their stories and you'll get a sense of just how deep mexico's problems are. >> translator: it was about 4:30 in the morning when i got up and saw a bunch of stuff approaching with men in masks who had guns sitting in the back.
WHUT
Aug 24, 2009 10:30pm EDT
indelible ink was used to make sure no one vote twice. others, though, clearly did participate in the polls. blindfolded they're made to walk in line. and they're then asked to show their inked fingers to the camera. >> translator: you should know that you are standing in line with the jews and your fingers prove this. you are the ones that are strengthening the jews. >> reporter: these taliban fighters say they will probably pardon their captives because this is the holy month of ramadan. however, a taliban spokesman told al jazeera that when they find people who voted, they will be given appropriate punishment. the first stage was filmed further up this road. the main highway between kabul and kandahar.bs it not only demonstrates how the taliban intend to deal with those that voted in the election, it also shows the control they have sometimes they, on the most important route to the country. james bays, al jazeera. >>> you've seen the taliban's intimidation of voters up close. now we want to give you a sense of the other side. how coalition forces are trying to crackdown on taliban
WHUT
Jul 31, 2009 10:30pm EDT
least for now that iraq is a much safer place than it used to be. in tonight's "lead focus," the latest violence in iraq, what it says about security and the american mission as it winds down. >> the deadliest of today's attacks took place in the northern baghdad neighborhood of al shaab. according to iraqi officials at least 24 people were killed and 17 wounded in the explosion of a car bomb near a shiite mosque. worshipers had gathered at the mosque for friday prayers. the scene outside spoke to the carnage. prayer rugs were stained with blood, scores of shoes littered the ground. with all today's attacks having taken place at shiite mosques, those attacks are seen as an attempt to reignite sectarian fighting between shiites and sunnis. ernesto londono is in baghdad for the "washington post." >> caller: in this particular case the attacks appear to be designed to anger a follow worship, it's a movement. this is the political bloc that for many years controlled the biggest shia militia in the country. so it could be an attack designed to try to get as much militia to retaliate a
PBS
Aug 12, 2009 5:00pm EDT
senior fellow at the new america foundation in shington, d.c. thanks for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> we've heard a lot tonight about how official corruptions impeding the drug war in mexico and i'm wondering is that why the mexican government deployed tens of thousands of troops to fight drug cartels, and then is it working? >> it's one of the reasons why there was a perceive deploy the military, yes. the fact that a lot of local police forces had been compromised and infiltrated which is a recurring problem in mexico. i wouldn't say it's only from corruption though. i think it's actually a matter -- there was no other force to throw at the problem. mexico lacks a strong muscular time police force. so partly that the government was being outgunned. >> is it working? >> there's a stalemate in place. it worked initially. a sort of shock-and-awe element to having the army patrol the streets. but over time the cartels have adjusted to the new reality. and if you take, say, suarez in mexico last month it was the deadliest month since the mexican revolution in that city.
PBS
Aug 14, 2009 5:00pm EDT
language that's being used. our health care in the system in uk has been described as orwellian, as socialist. even by some as evnil some way. so really what started out as a debate of how you pay for something has turned into something far more ideological where seems to have created a massive gap in understanding across the atlantic. >> what do britons make of suggestions that the nhs would people like senator kennedy or like stephen hawking die without getting any treatment? >> i think that's caused a great deal of astonishment. i mean, first off, it's simply untrue. senator kennedy, who had exactly the same treatments. as a 77-year-old as a 50-year-old or a 30-year-old. the only criteria applied would be whether his body is robust enough to take certain aggressive tactics. but really i think people see that as an attack not just on the nhs but on the integrity of the uk, as a suggestion that people in the uk don't care enough, elderly people. that they make these kind of brutal, ruthless judgments death panels as sarah palin puts it and it's not the nhs that people know and unde
WETA
Aug 21, 2009 5:30pm EDT
lib and colonel gadhafi is clear using al megrahi retu as a propaganda coupe despite the fact that this man is a convict murder who is termally ill and expected to die within three month >> that was mes blake of itn reporting. >>the british aren't just talking about w unhappy they e about the way the libyans handleali al megrahi's return home. they may be prepared to sothing about it. prce andrew, the duke of york, had been expected toisit libya -- and perhaps meet withoammar gadhafi early next month. the idea was to prome trade. but now, there are reports tt the visimay be off. >>> in afghanistan tay, a day afr the voting, both the leadinpresidential contenders, incumbent hamaid kari and opposition cdidate abdullah abduah, were both claiming victory. but abdullah also ised serious concerns about theegitimacy of the te. >> a l of irregularities whi have taken placehould have been prevented and shouldn't have happened. so the are a lot of complaints about irregulaties throughout the country. there are repos of rigging. >> the fir results are excted tomorrow. >>> of course,lmost ever
PBS
Aug 5, 2009 12:00am EDT
courage." he joins us from boston. the north koreans seem to like star power when it comes to those who come to pay a visit. so i presume that's what bill clinton brings, as opposed to either former vice presidents or other former members of the administrations. >> right. it's always good that if you have that star power, you know if you have a george clooney why send a ted danson to fix things that bill clinton is probably the most popular figure on this planet at this particular moment. >> and tell us about some of the other ex-presidents who've been sent on diplomatic missions. we mentioned of course jimmy carter, what about him? >> well, jimmy carter played a really important role in bringing about a democratic free election in nicaragua following the sandinista regime's fall several years ago. at the same time, richard nixon played a key role and helped lessening tensions between the united states and china following tiananmen care. the bush administration had sent him on that mission. so i think presidents can play a very important diplomatic role here in terms of easing tensi
PBS
Aug 22, 2009 12:00am EDT
anniversary of the al fatah revolution in libya and colonel gadhafi is clearly using al megrahi's return as a propaganda coup despite the fact that this man is a convicted murderer who is terminally ill and expected to die within three months. >> that was james blake of itn reporting. >>> the british aren't just talking about how unhappy they are about the way the libyans handled ali al megrahi's return home. they may be prepared to do something about it. prince andrew, the duke of york, had been expected to visit libya and perhaps meet with moammar gadhi early next month. the idea was to promote trade. but now, there are reports that that visit may be off. >>> in afghanistan today, a day after the voting, both the leading presidential contenders, incumbent hamid karzai and opposition candidate abdullah abdullah, were both claiming victory. but abdullah also raised serious e vote. about the legitimacy of >> a lot of irregularities which have taken place should have been prevented and shouldn't have happened. so there are a lot of complaints about irregularities throughout the country. there
PBS
Aug 4, 2009 12:00am EDT
legislation is expected to sail through the house. >>> joining us to discuss the possibility of new sanctions in iran and developments there is trita parsi, founder and president of the nonprofit national iranian american council in washington, d.c. thanks for speaking with us. >> thank you for having me. >> what do you think will happen if the united states were to try to impose gasoline sanctions on iran? >> well, i think first of all, it's going to be very difficult to impose effective gasoline sanctions on iran because you would have to get the corporation of all of the countries and the security council, including russia and china. if one tries to impose gasoline sanctions through it would have to be -- to be effective enable blockade without security council authorization and then that would be considered an act of war and that would be a very, very risky strategy for the obama administration to undertake. >> and then there's the queion that if the sanctions were imposed, what would the affect have or be on the opposition movement? >> well, that's the other aspect of this. tha
WETA
Aug 7, 2009 5:30pm EDT
senior research fellowat the heratage foundationand she joins us from washington. ce to have youback. >> thanksor having me again. >> what doou think the impact will be the taliban in pakistan? will they recover from this, and if so, how long wll it take th? >> well, i thi this i a significant victory for pakistan, its fight against terrorismpecially coming on the heels of the pakistan military ability to oust t taliban from the swat valey region. but we know that military commande can be placed. this doesn't mean the end of the paktani talibanyet it is very significant development. and it could al ange the debate about drone strikes pastan. pakisti officials have been very critical of these one strikes but i thinkt would be hard for themo argue that this is an importa tool in the ght against trrorists that threaten pakistan itlf. >> that's an interting point because i was woering, what of ipact did youhink that this wold hve onhe cooperation between american and pakistani telligence agencies? beuse at least up unt now i think that they've be mistrustful of one another. >> well, ther
WETA
Aug 5, 2009 5:30pm EDT
were taken to a location, and when we walked through the doors, weaw stding before us president bi clinton. >> donald kirk is a correspondent for the christian scnce monitor. he's spent t past 12 years based in south korea >> caller: i tnk it's a big deal in t sense that it says so korean relations. the fact that kim jong-i w ad to recei a high-profile american visitor in the fm of bill clint was certaly interesting. there's hope th perhaps it'll be possible to resume negotiations on one level or another. outside of the united states, reaction was mixed. in nairi at a coference of afrin leaders, secretary of state hillary clton told reporters, she was exced by the news. nonetheless, she reiterated america's hard line regding north korea's nuclear program. >> they have a choice. they can continue to follow a path that is filled with provocative actio, or they can decide toenew thr discussions. >>n south korea, reactn to thnews of the releasef lee and ling was noticeably subdued. north korea currently detained several hundd south koreans. so of whom accidentally styed into north kora
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Aug 8, 2009 12:00am EDT
foundation and she joins us from washington. nice to have you back. >> thanks for having me again. >> what do you think the impact will be on the taliban in pakistan? will they recover from this, and if so, how long will it take them? >> well, i think this is a significant victory for pakistan, its fight against terrorism specially coming on the heels of the pakistan military's ability to oust the taliban from the swat valley region. but we know that military commanders can be replaced. so this doesn't mean the end of the pakistani taliban, yet it is a very significant development. and it could also change the debate about drone strikes in pakistan. pakistani officials have been very critical of these drone strikes but i think it would be hard for them to argue that this is an important tool in the fight against terrorists that threaten pakistan itself. >> that's an interesting point because i was wondering, what kind of impact did you think that this would have on the cooperation between american and pakistani intelligence agencies? because at least up until now i think that they
WETA
Aug 18, 2009 5:30pm EDT
% asurance to e peopleandahar to take part in the ections, and iant people to help us prevent any incidents ppening. >>eporter: never before would you see afgn police patrolng in american humvees. authorits are confident the taliban won' be able to sp voters from heading to lling station. >> in casesomething happened, those will be i.d.s. which a difficult. oromeporadic shooting fr outside of the city like from the distris but also we want toinimize those whene send forces to the district as well. >> rorter: the facr naeshing districts of kandahar cityave a strong taliban presenc and thursday's voting day will show justow tight the noose is around this capital. ina kandahar. >>> next door in helmand province offensive by amican and briti troops has been under way for while. one immiate goal is toush ba the taliban so that more pele can vote thursday buts lindsay hill som, after cades of warfare. remains skeptical about the motives the foreign troopsand fearful of their own safety. >> reporter: coming into lanin what the british call a liberated area. seized fro the talian in opati
WETA
Aug 4, 2009 5:30pm EDT
clinton is probab th most popula fure on this planet a this particular moment. and tell us about some of the other ex-presidents who've been sent on diplomatic missions. we mentioned of course jimmy carter, what about him >> well, jimmy carter played a really importt role in bringing about aemocratic free elt in nigggia following the sand anista fall several years ago. at the same tie, richa nixon played a k role andelp lessening tensions beten the united stes and china following tiananmen ce. the bush admintration had sent him on tha mission. so i think presides can play a very iortant diplomac role here in terms ofasing tensions and geing certain american foreign polynterests onhe ground. >> h it always worked out,r had their bee gaffe >> well, ihink that president carterade a major faux paw recently when heried to interject himself in the israeli/palestian dialogue. nd he ended up alienating israel, d reallyaking the siation far wor than iwas when it -- when he first began. >> we've only g about0 seconds left. but i wurprised by howhis is actually policy that goes back someme.
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Aug 27, 2009 12:00am EDT
to use it. >> the last time you were here you suggested that there seemed to be progress on reaching this overall, broader outline of a peace proposal. you still feel that way? >> what i think we have is that if there's going to be a two-state solution, we still -- we know what it looks like. room to create but we know, palestinian state, 67 lines. some minor land swaps. refugees acknowledged what happened to them, they can't return en masse to israel. security without emptying the palestinian state of its meaning. we know the outlines. the question is can you bring the parties, the israeli government, hamas, for instance, to agree to these. that requires u.s. lifting because it's an american international interest i think that you might get it. >> i want to bring up there are unconfirmed reports that when the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas when he comes to new york he might meet with next month. what do you think about that. >> the palestinians are saying without a fall freeze no negotiations. i think america will be able to bring the palestinians past that position. what they're
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Aug 29, 2009 12:00am EDT
fraud with president hamid karzai. keme nzerem of itn puts it in context for us in tonight's "lead focus." >> reporter: a president fast losing international support, a suspect and bloody election, and one very angry u.s. envoy -- the scene for a fiery meeting where richard holbrooke reportedly took hamid karzai to task and suggested a runoff would help legitimize afghanistan's democratic process. the coalition is in a bind. foreign troops enabled the first afghan-run elections in 30 but at the cost of many lives - yet there's no secret there are deep reservations about president karzai - the man who's claiming victory. >> politics in afghanistan are in a very precarious condition. not least of course, because in some parts of the country, very, very few people actually went to vote. and if karzai lacks legitimacy, the risk is that those who are up to be willing to support him, will start to look elsewhere. and we could find that the extent to which central government in kabul enjoys any kind of confidence in the country's very substantially undermined. >> reporter: how worried is
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Aug 17, 2009 5:00pm EDT
us tonight. >> my pleasure. >>> as we've said, the elections are taking place at a time when the situation in afghanistan seems as insecure as ever. there was not only that bombing at nato headquarters but as we've been reporting, casualty counts are soaring as americans and british forces go on the offensive against the taliban. our next report comes from kunar province in the eastern part of afghanistan. we chose it because it will offer you a rare glimpse of the violence u.s. soldiers encounter virtually every day during this mostly invisible war. itn's nick paton walsh has our report.>> reporter: 2:00 a.m. e to one of america's most besieged outposted. the pilots won't land in this valley except on the darkest of nights when they're escorted by gunships. the taliban often lie and wait in the darkness of this remote valley. the gunships fire a missile into the hillside, a warning shot. outpost is the further reach of america power surrounded by mountains here in the pakistani border. a landing so the pilots worried that their razor blades could clip the hillside. this is the o
WETA
Aug 28, 2009 5:30pm EDT
backgrind of increasing casualti, both for us and indeed pticularly too for the ited states. thers aack of confidence in the person who's the president of t country, and then it will nobe very long before people in this country begino ask themselveshat in the devil are we doing there? what purpose e we servi by being the? >> reporter: eyebrows he always bn raised by the political alliances karzai has forged to try to shore up report across the untry. the les of bek war lord genera dafterman ithe north an karzai's choice of vice president, alleged drug baron mahall mohammed kasseem ca hem. abe in central kandahar on tuesday waa reminder that despite prident obama sending an=e ability in afghantan is still long way off. u.s. commands are warning th still don' have the rources to fight the taliban. >> that was kenny azerasmitn. theris another important election we'be watching this weekend. sunday, japa will select new parliament. and it appears the ruling liberal democratic partywill be ousted for first time in 54 years. prime nister aso's approval ths have plunged over his handling over thec
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Aug 6, 2009 5:00pm EDT
institute for policy studies and a u.s. foreign policy expert on africa. she joins us from washington. nice to have you with us. >> great to with you, martin. >> as secretary clinton meets the president of somalia, what are the american goals that she will be articulating? and what is smaomalia looking f in return? ? i think secretary clinton is going to articulate goals around security and peace around the horn of africa i think on the somalian end, there are tremendous concerns being raised that really the u.s. is being looked to -- to prop up a transitional government that many see as being imposed really from the outside. i think clearly what's at stake is that a government that was seen as credible was ousted by the americans back in 2006 and since then, there's been a succeeding series of governments, transitional governments with more or less problems around credibility. and here again what you is a quest for support and legitimacy from the u.s. by this new transitional government there in somalia. >> why is the state of smaa sta crucial? >> somalia is in a vital area. it's the
WETA
Aug 6, 2009 5:30pm EDT
studie and a u.s. foreign policy expert on rica. she joins us fro washington. nice to have you with us. >>reat to with you, martin. >> as sretary clinton mes the prident of somalia, wh are the american goalsthat she will be articulating? and what is smaomalia looking f in return? ? i think secrary clinton is going to articulate goals around security and peaceround the ho of africa i think on the somalian end, there are tremendousoncerns being raised that really the u. is being looked to to prop up a transional government that many see as being imposed really from the outde. ihink cearly what at stake ishat a vernment thatas se as creble was oust by e americans back i 2006 and since then, there's been a succeeng series of govements, transitial govements with more or less problems around credibity. d here again what you is a qst for support and legitimacy from the u.s. by this new transitional government the in somalia. >> why ishe state of smaa stabl crucial? >>omalia is in a vit area. it's the gulf ofaden through the astf somalia tough which muchf the world tde flows. this is why durin
PBS
Aug 31, 2009 5:00pm EDT
thank the people who supported us. we now need to fight and work hard. >> hungry for change, the japanese turned out in droves. 70% of eligible voters cast a ballot. >> we need change to break the current situation in japan, just like the united states, we need change. >> in tokyo, only heavy rains from a typhoon stopped more people from making it to a polling booth. within minutes of the poll's closing, it was clear that the opposition had swept to power in a landslide. for the prime minister taro aso, the election put an end to an 11-month reign flanked by verbal gaffes and public paralysis. >> i feel it was my fate to take this election loss. i accept it. >> japan was hit by the perfect economic and political storm. >> people suffering unemployment at a record high. so that was a big factor. the other factor was the opposition had become electable after being quite symbolic through the 1990s. >> the son of a foreign minister and e grandson of a prime minister, yukio hatoyama comes from a political family often called the kennedys of japan. he's promising revolutionary change i
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